Racing

Keyhavenlatesummerrace 080Keyhaven is ideally located in the western most end of the Solent and boasts a large sheltered river which then opens up into a wide bay in the shadow of Hurst Castle. This area offers a fantastic place for dinghy sailing and particularly racing as the bay is protected from the prevailing south westerly wind which keeps the chop down.

We run a full schedule of racing at Keyhaven Yacht Club and welcome members from other Clubs to come and join us for up to 6 times a year. There are two classes, the Open Class or fast handicap and the Scow Class or slow handicap. Racing is usually outside the river in the bay and started from a committee boat but our  Wednesday evening racing starts from our river line. We have a large fleet of Scows and a great mix of Open Class boats with Finn’s, Lasers, Laser 2000’s & a few Blaze’s as well.

We run five series per year Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Autumn and Wednesday Evenings as well as a number of regatta’s including Easter, the Commodores Cup and the legendary Keyhaven Week which is a festival of family focused racing and sailing. For more detail on all our events please look at the calendar for HW & start times.

For Keyhaven YC sailing instructions for 2017 please check the link below.

Sailing Instructions 2017

A link to the support Boat roster can be found here

Finn 201733 Finns travelled to Keyhaven on a forecast of sunny blue skies and light winds but with the hope of a sea breeze that so often occurs in this part of the Solent. With all the boats returning from Barbados many competitors collected their boats from Portsmouth en-route to Keyhaven which is tucked just inside the Solent and has a great sailing area protected by Hurst Castle.

Great Conditions for the First of the Early Summer Series

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Sunday 7th May saw the start of the Early Summer Series with 12 boats in the open class and 4 scows for a 9am start in a gentle 10-12 knots of wind coming from the North.

Race officer Rob Langley set a triangle/sausage course for the first race to hopefully give the Laser’s and Finn’s equal preference.